New Kindergarten Immunization Requirements
There have been some major changes in the Ohio State Immunization Requirements for Public Schools effective for the 2010/2011 school year. The changes affect entering Kindergarten students and entering 7th graders. These changes take effect this August, 2010. Your Physician or Clinic was not aware of these requirements until after December 10, 2009, so your child may still need these, even if you were told at the last appointment that your child was all set to start kindergarten. Please verify with your Physician or Clinic.
For entering Kindergarten students there are 2 major changes to the immunization requirements:
Polio vaccine has been administered in a series of 4 immunizations. Now every child must have at least one dose after age 4. So, if the child has received 4 doses, but they were given under the age of 4, that child must receive a fifth dose after age 4 years old.
Two (2) doses of Chicken Pox (Varicella, Varivax) vaccine are required for entry to Kindergarten.
The newly revised Ohio Code Sections 3701.13 & 3313.671 from the Director’s Journal states: “Effective with the 2010-2011 school year, for all pupils entering Kindergarten, the final dose of polio vaccine must have been administered on or after the fourth (4th) birthday, regardless of the number of previous doses.”
“Beginning with the start of the 2010-2011 school year, all children entering kindergarten are required to provide evidence of having been immunized against varicella disease. Satisfactory evidence of meeting this requirement is two (2) doses of varicella vaccine; the first dose (1st) dose of vaccine administered on or after the child’s first (1st) birthday, and the second (2nd) dose at least twenty eight (28) days following the first dose.”
Northwood Local Schools must comply with these requirements.
Please contact your child’s physician or clinic and make an appointment for a kindergarten physical and immunizations. Please obtain written documentation with date of physical and record of immunizations, type of vaccines and who administered.
After your child receives the vaccines & kindergarten physical, please return the written documentation (that you must request with the administration of the immunizations), to the Lark Elementary School office. We will accept this starting now, through August at Registration day.
Children may not start Kindergarten without written documentation of all required immunizations. A summary of all the immunizations required for entrance into Kindergarten is on the next page.
If you have a child entering seventh (7th) grade, please get in touch with me, Jan Martin, School Nurse, because there is now a required immunization for entry to 7th grade.
If we do not receive written proof of immunizations before the first day of the 2010/2011 school year, your child will not be able to start Kindergarten. Please do not wait till the week before school begins in August to take care of this, because the Physicians offices & Clinics will be swamped with requests.
Immunization Schedule; (must have month, day and year written for each vaccine received)
DPT (Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus): series of five (5) doses by age 5 years old
Polio: series of at least four (4) doses, with last dose on or after age 4 years old
Hepatitis B: series of at least three (3) doses, with last dose on or after age 6 months old
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): two (2) doses, with first dose on or after age 1 year old
Varicella (Chickenpox): two (2) doses, before entry to Kindergarten
The Wood County Health Department holds an Immunization Clinic every 4th Tuesday of every month here in Northwood at the Municipal Building on Wales Road. You must call for an appointment. The phone number is: 419-352-8402 or 419-244-1610. Shots for Tots holds clinics around Lucas County, you must call for schedules: 419-213-4121.